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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ladurée: Luxury Cakes and Pastries

I first heard about Ladurée last year when I was planning to visit Hongkong. Gerick (our resident luxury expert) pointed out, "Kira, you have got to try out Ladurée! They're the LV of macarons!" I tweeted HK Harbour City and they replied that Ladurée would be opening on November, a month after my visit. Boo.

So when I flew to Singapore recently, I promised myself that I would bring home one full box of these very famous and delicious macarons. My sister couldn't wait, too, she was constantly Whatsapp-ing me reminding me to pass by Takashimaya.


We initially had difficulty finding the store, we scoured the whole mall and finally just when we were about to give up, we spotted the classic mint green facade. I think I let out a teeny tiny shriek while my friend, Tin, started to take photos :D

The gods were with us as there was no line outside! There's another Ladurée on the ground floor, but we chose to visit the more upscale pastry shop on the second floor.


The SAs were very patient and answered my unending questions. I was, of course, unsure about spending so much money on these prized macarons. Fortunately, one of the SAs was Filipina so at least I was assured that I am getting quality pastries, haha. I've heard, the Ladurée macarons in Singapore are a little bit more expensive as they are shipped frozen from France


Ooooh, pretty pastel macarons! They offer more than 15 flavors (some are limited edition) and you can choose to purchase a few or bring them home in different prestige boxes. I chose to purchase 15 macarons in the plain box only which was SGD57.00~, the cheapest among the lot.


The macarons are approximately SGD3.80 each, but these ones covered in gold chocolate are about SGD7.00 each. 


As a lover of caramel, I made sure to get several pieces of the Salted Caramel macaron. Out of the 15 that I chose, it was Salted Caramel and Rose petal that stood out. Note to self: hoard these next time. 


So, are these macarons worth their hefty price tag? I think so! Some flavors are better than others though, coffee, praline, vanilla and pistachio were so-so. But the Salted Caramel, oh my god, was sooo good! It actually had thick melted caramel wedged between the two round cakes. It is my favorite among the bunch. I would totally purchase one whole box if I could. Actually, I just asked my sister to buy another box filled with the Salted Caramel macarons as she's off to Hongkong this weekend :)

Mommy, can I please have some?
Tips:

  • Purchase your Ladurée macarons a few hours before your flight. I purchased mine 6 hours prior, Changi Airport was cold anyway so I wasn't too concerned about spoilage or melting. 
  • As soon as you arrive home, keep them chilled for about 20 minutes. After that, they're ready for eating (or sharing!). 
  • I was advised that these macarons are best eaten within 3 days of purchase. But ours were still good a week after, just keep them chilled in the refrigerator. 


Have you tried Ladurée? What are your favorite flavors? 


Ladurée Singapore
391 Orchard Road
#02-09 (boutique) & #01-24A (counter), Takashimaya Shopping Centre
Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
Tel : +(65) 6884 7361 - Fax : +(65) 6884 7362

For more info, visit www.laduree.fr.




5 comments:

  1. it's a dream of mine to eat Laduree! Hoping one day they'll open in Taipei!

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    1. Definitely try the Salted Caramel, Ava! And let me know once they open in Taipei, I haven't been there and it's on my bucket list :D

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    1. Ang sarap, Bea!!!! The caramel filling is so gooey <3

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  3. jakieandthebeadstalkAugust 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    This is the first time I've heard of this.

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